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ABC Category of Palestinian People Profiles
Alphabetical listing of selected ABC Palestine People Profiles
Ihsan Abas Ihsan Abas
Born in Ein Ghazal near Haifa on 2 Dec. 1920; completed high school in Haifa and Acre, then attended four years at the Arab College in Jerusalem (1937-41); received a BA in Arabic Literature from Cairo University in 1950;
Abdul Rahman Abbad Abdul Rahman Abbad
Born in Zakariya near Hebron in 1945; Diploma from the Teachers’ College, Lebanon; BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Beirut Arab University (1977); PhD (1990) in Arabic Language and Literature from the Jesuit University, Lebanon;
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
President of The Palestinian Authority
Formerly Arafat's chief lieutenant and is secretary-general of the PLO's executive committee.
Abed Abdi Abed Abdi
Born in Haifa in 1942; paints since his childhood; held his first exhibit in Tel Aviv in 1962; studied graphics and mural painting at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in Germany, graduating in 1971;
Faiha Abdul Hadi Faiha Abdul Hadi
MA and PhD in Arabic Literature, Cairo University (1982 and 1990); worked as a poet, writer, journalist, lecturer and research consultant, particularly on literature, women and oral history.
Faisal Qasem Abdul Hadi Faisal Qasem Abdul Hadi
Established several IT companies during 2004-06, the most important of which was the Arabic Internet Standards Association, which he formed in cooperation with Dubai Media City; died on 15 March 2006 in Dubai.
Ghada Abdul Hadi Ghada Abdul Hadi
Founded Hawwa Center for Culture and Arts in Nablus in 1994; member in the Higher National Committee - Nablus District, the GUPW, and the Female Political Prisoners’ Committee;
Issam Abdul Hadi Issam Abdul Hadi
Was awarded the Ibn Rushd Prize by the Berlin-based Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought in 2002; was one of eight Palestinian women nominated for the Noble Peace Prize as part of the Project “1000 Women for the Noble Peace Prize 2005”.
Izzat Abdul Hadi Izzat Abdul Hadi
Board of Trustees member of Al-Haq (1995-98 and since 2000); member of the International Council of the World Social Forum; was appointed to become the Palestinian representative to Australia in Oct. 2005;
Mahdi Abdul Hadi Mahdi Abdul Hadi
PhD from the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University, UK (1984);
Founded the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) in March 1987;
Samir Abdul Hadi Samir Abdul Hadi
He's a member of the board of Trustees for the Welfare Association ( Geneva) and the Palestine International Institute for Research (Amman).
Hayel Abdul Hamid (Abu al-Hawl) Hayel Abdul Hamid (Abu al-Hawl)
Refugee from Safad; lived in Yarmouk RC, Syria; joined Hani Al-Hassan in coordinating Palestinian activism from West Germany; joined Fateh in 1963/64 and led Fateh groups in Egypt and Syria;
Baker Abdul Muneim Baker Abdul Muneim
PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 (Czechoslovakia); PhD in Economics in 1985 (Germany); PhD in Political Science in 1988 (US); served as PLO representative to Japan, Canada and was appointed to become the Palestinian rep. to Moscow;
As'ad Abdul Qader (known as Salah Ta'mari) As'ad Abdul Qader (known as Salah Ta'mari)
Appointed Min. of Sports and Youth in the Nov. 2003 cabinet of PM Ahmed Qrei'a (until the cabinet reshuffle in Feb. 2005); appointed as Governor of Bethlehem in 2005.
Tayyeb Abdul Rahim Tayyeb Abdul Rahim
Represents Fateh in the PLO Central Council since 1989; PA ambassador to Jordan until 1995, then appointed by Yasser Arafat as Sec-.Gen. of the PA, was reappointed as Sec.-Gen. of the PA under the leadership of Pres. Mahmoud Abbas (until the Jan. 2006 PLC elections).
Ahmad Abdul Rahman Ahmad Abdul Rahman
PA cabinet secretary advisor to ‘Arafat. Formerly, (1996-2003 a communist who started a leftist network in Fatah during the early1970s; became editor-in-chief of Filastin al-Thawra during the mid70s,
As'ad Abdul Rahman As'ad Abdul Rahman
Born in Jerusalem in 1944; BA in Public Administration from the AUB (1965); became close to the PFLP in the late 1960s; became PNC member in 1969;
Omar Abdel Razeq Omar Abdel Razeq
Minister of Finance
PhD from Iowa State University (USA) 1986
Abdullah Abdullah Abdullah Abdullah
Was elected as PLC member (Fateh list) in the 2006 elections and subsequently appointed as head of the PLC Political Committee.
Yasser Abed Rabbo Yasser Abed Rabbo
“Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, Head of the Palestinian Peace Coalition”
Samih Abid Samih Abid
Born in Al-Bireh in 1947; BSc in Urban Planning and Architecture, Al-Azhar University, Cairo (1970); PhD in Regional Planning from Liverpool University, UK, in 1987;
Samir Abou Aichah Samir Abou Aichah
Minister of Planning
Masters and PhD Degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Khalid Abou Arafah Khalid Abou Arafah
Minister of Jerusalem Affairs (Palestine)
Najat Abou Bakr Najat Abou Bakr
Member of The Palestinian Legislative Council
Masters Degree in Economic Planning from An Najah National University 2000 , PhD Degree (Egypt) 2005.
Mitri Abu 'Aita Mitri Abu 'Aita
Minister of Tourism in the cabinet of PM Mahmoud Abbas on 30 April 2003, and of the successive cabinet of PM Qrei'a on 12 Nov. 2003 (until the Feb. 2005 cabinet reshuffle under PM Ahmed Qrei'a ).
Shereen Abu-Aqleh Shereen Abu-Aqleh
Shereen Abu-Aqleh began her career as a reporter after graduating with a Bachelor degree in journalism from Yarmouk University in Jordan. From 1994 through 1997, working as a television correspondent with the satellite news station "Aljazeera.
Ibrahim Abu Lughoud Ibrahim Abu Lughoud
Ph.D. from Princetown University, 1962; lecturer at several US universities; author of many works on the question of Palestine; head of the Palestinian Independent Group for Elections in the OPT; Died on the 23 of May, 2001.
Kamal Adwan Kamal Adwan
Palestinian engineer; Fateh key figure and Central Committee member; among the top leaders of the Black September Organization; PLO leader in charge of operations in the OPT; was assassinated in an Israeli retaliatory commando raid on Beirut 1973.
Faidi Al-Alami Faidi Al-Alami
Mayor of Jerusalem 1906-09 and elected member of the "Administrative Council" for the sanjaq of Jerusalem in the Ottoman Parliament, 1914-18.
Musa Al-Alami Musa Al-Alami
Born in Jerusalem in 1897; son of Faidi al-Alami; landowner; graduated in law from Cambridge University; during the 1930s served as Secretary to the High Commissioner and Junior Crown Counsel in the Mandatory Administration;
Naji Al-Ali Naji Al-Ali
Palestinian Cartoonist
Famous for his cartoon chartectar figure Handalla, who always turn his back to the world and look at Palestin and the situation of Palestine under occupation.
Wasfi Anabtawi Wasfi Anabtawi
Born in 1903, in Nablus. He graduated from The American University in Beirut in 1926 with a BA degree in science. In 1934, he attained a PhD in science from Cambridge University.
Fathi Arafat Fathi Arafat
Born in 1933; brother of Yasser Arafat; studied Medicine at Cairo University, 1950-57; became a member of the PNC in 1967; President of Palestine General Union of Physicians and Pharmacists since 1968;
Yasser Arafat Yasser Arafat
Elected president of the Palestinian Authority in public elections, with 88% of the votes in Jan. 20, 1996.
Aref Al-Aref Aref Al-Aref
Appointed mayor of Jerusalem (1950-55); in 1963, appointed director of Rockefeller Musem in Jerusalem; author of Bedouin Love, Law and Legend, History of Beersheba and Its Tribes, History of Gaza 1943, and History of Jerusalem 1951;
Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar
Born in Sayda, Tulkarem in 1958; studied at Birzeit University, where he was one of the leaders of the Islamic bloc, graduating with an BA in 1982; PhD in Business Administration from Mississippi University.
Hanan Ashrawi Hanan Ashrawi
Professor , Bir Zeit University.
Palestinian diplomat and negotiator, a university professor, chosen in 1991 to represent (PLO) in the Middle East peace talks convened in Madrid in October.
Sameer Ayyoub Sameer Ayyoub
Was selected as one of 6000 Outstanding People in Arab countries to a prestigious biographical lexicon "Who is who in the Arab World 2007/2008" 18th Edition, and for next coming edition "Who is Who in the Arab World (2009/2010)" 19th Edition.
Mohammad Bakri

Mohammad Bakri
Renowned Palestinian director, producer, screenwriter and actor, Mohammad Bakri, has earned several professional awards, nominations and honorable mentions for his work in theater and film.

Rim Banna Rim Banna
Rim Banna is one of the foremost Palestinian female singers, lyricists and composers. Born in the city of Nazareth in the Galilee, Rim loved music and singing since her early childhood and started her artistic life when she was ten years old.
Bashir Al-Barghouthi Bashir Al-Barghouthi
Born in Ramallah; journalist and newspaper editor; BA Economics from the American University in Beirut, 1956; member of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) in 1957;
Marwan Barghouthi Marwan Barghouthi
Born on 6 June 1959 in Kobar, near Ramallah; joined Fateh at the age of 15; among the founders of the Shabiba (Fateh Youth) in the West Bank in the mid-1970s; from 1978, spent 4½ years in Israeli prisons.
Mohammad Al Barghouthi Mohammad Al Barghouthi
Minister of Labour
Born in 1968 near Ramallah, making him the youngest minister in the new cabinet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computers and math.
Mustafa Barghouthi Mustafa Barghouthi
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi (MD, MSc.) is an active participant in the building of a democratic Palestinian civil society and is one of the most prominent leaders of the Palestinian struggle.
Tamim Al Barghouthi Tamim Al Barghouthi
Palestinian poet and political scientist. Tamim was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1977. He studied politics at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and Boston University where he received his PhD in 2004.
Majeda Al-Batsh Majeda Al-Batsh
Selected for the Nieman Scholarship Award for outstanding Middle East journalist and given a year fellowship at Harvard University; nominating herself as a running candidate for the position of President in the 2005 PA elections but soon withdrew.
Azmi Bishara Azmi Bishara
Member of Knesset since 1996 (Palestine)
Member of Board of Trustees of Miftah (Palestine)
Ph.D., Philosophy, Humboldt University- Berlin (Germany)
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ABC Category of Palestinian People Profiles